Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a few straightforward inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace failures are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.
By observing these easy tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest a call at 949-204-0859.